The G League is the NBA's official basketball development organization.
It has changed names over the years, from National Basketball Development League (NBDL) between 2001 and 2005 to the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) between 2005 and 2017 and most recently to NBA G League with Gatorade as its title sponsor.
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The developmental league started with eight teams back in 2001 and as of the end of the 2020-21 season, it consists of 29 teams. Of the 29, 28 are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team while the other is the recently-founded G League Ignite, a team consisting of young prospects from around the world with the objective to provide them with professional experience before the subsequent NBA Draft.
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This G League is the furthest Indians have reached or rather the closest they have come to playing in the NBA.
Here's a list of all the Indian players who have played in the NBA G League.
How many Indians have played in the NBA G League?
The number of Indians to have logged minutes and scored in the NBA's development league are three - Satnam Singh, Amjyot Singh and Princepal Singh.
Satnam Singh holds the honour of multiple historic 'firsts' for the Indian Basketball community in the NBA landscape.
He is the first Indian ever to be drafted into the NBA, with the 52nd selection overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 Draft. He is also the first Indian to play in the NBA Summer League and last but not least, he is also the first to play in the G League.
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Representing the Texas Legends, the G League affiliate of the Mavericks, he played 27 games with averages of 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds across two seasons (2015-16, 2016-17).
Picked by the Oklahoma City Blue - the G League affiliate of the Thunder - with the 95th overall (4th round, 25th pick) selection in the 2017 G League Draft. That selection made him the second Indian ever to be drafted in the NBA's development league.
He would go on to play 36 of his 43 career G League games for the Blue, while the other seven he represented the Wisconsin Herd - the G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks.
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To date, he has averaged the most number of minutes (8.7) and points (2.42) by an Indian in the G League.
Princepal Singh became the third Indian ever to play in the G League, as a member of the Ignite. However, he made history with his stint in the 2021 G League bubble, becoming the first NBA Academy alumni to play in the development league.
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Over the course of the 15 games, he logged minutes in four games and totalled nine points, four rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes of court time.
He will continue his career in the G League for the 2021-22 season with the Sacramento Kings' G League affiliate - the Stockton Kings, who selected Princepal with the 61st pick (Round 3, Pick 5) in the 2021 G League Draft.
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